Wow the summer of 2018 has proved to be a scorcher so far. And I have to say I’m loving it! Flinging open the windows and doors and basking in the fresh, warm air. I was born in the Winter, yet I love the Summer sunshine. Because of the heat I have adjusted the way I go about my day. I’ve always been more of a morning person, however the hike in temperatures has got me organised. So I make dinner as early in the day as I can. And this Wigmore Cheese Red Pepper Tart is super easy to make, ready to be eaten at room temperature later in the day.
Artisan Wigmore Cheese, an award winner:
Wigmore Cheese, the dominant flavour at the heart of this tart is a semi soft, unpasteurised, ewes milk cheese. A handmade, washed curd cheese, with a flavour and texture similar to Camembert and Brie. Yet it has a flavour all of its own, slightly saltier with less of a nasal hit than a fully ripe Brie. Baked in this quiche style tart it’s flavour permeates throughout, balanced beautifully with sweet, softened red bell peppers.
Perhaps unusually, I’ve added a subtle hint of anise flavour to the tart with the addition of fennel seeds. Resulting in a Mediterranean taste to this all butter pastry tart. While you may be tempted to buy the pastry, I strongly suggest you try my recipe. It is absolutely foolproof and is consistently good. Since the recipe makes double the amount needed it’s a bonus to freeze half, knowing next time you make this tart all that’s needed is for it to be defrosted overnight in the fridge!
Recipe: Wigmore Cheese Red Pepper Tart serves 6
450g/1lb Butter Shortcrust Pastry – half the quantity of my Perfect Butter Shortcrust Pastry
200g/7oz Wigmore Semi Soft Cheese available from Village Maid Cheese if you are not in the U.K. a great substitute would be Camembert or Brie style cheeses with a soft, edible rind.
3 Red Bell Peppers (400g/14oz sliced de-seeded red pepper)
1tbsp Rapeseed/Canola Oil – I use Kentish Oils
8 Large Free Range Eggs
1/4tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2tsp Lightly Ground Fennel Seeds
Method: Making the tart crust:
Note – You will need a 25cm x 5cm (10in x 2in) preferably loose bottom round tart tin for this recipe.
- First of all if making the pastry from scratch chill it in the fridge for 2 hours before using. Especially during this super warm weather. Otherwise defrost ready made pastry in the fridge overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, 400F, gas mark 6.
- Lightly flour the worktop and roll out the pastry so that it is slightly bigger than the width and sides of the tart tin.
- Roll the pastry around the rolling pin and transfer to the tin.
- Most importantly do not stretch the pastry. Ease it gently into the tin taking care to press it into the crease between the base and sides.
- Trim any excess pastry and then dock the base with a fork.
- Place baking parchment directly on to the pastry and fill with baking beans.
- Place the tart tin on to a baking sheet and put into the centre of the preheated oven.
- Bake for 15 minutes, remove the baking beans and parchment paper, return the tart back to the oven for a further 10 minutes. Once baked, remove and set to one side.
- Reduce the oven heat to 190C/170C fan, 325F, gas mark 3.
Filling the tart:
- While the tart case is baking prepare the filling.
- Remove the seeds and green part from the peppers. Slice lengthways to produce long strips.
- Pour the oil into a pan over a medium heat. Add the peppers and sauté for 10-15 minutes until slightly softened and reduced in size.
- Cut up the cheese into bite size chunks. It helps if the cheese is fridge cold before cutting.
- Into a jug add all 8 eggs, black pepper and fennel seeds. Whisk with a fork to combine.
- Cover the base of the tart with sautéed peppers.
- Next add the chunks of cheese, spread evenly around.
- Finally pour over the seasoned, whisked eggs.
Baking the tart:
- Place the tart into the centre of the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
- The tart is baked when the top is set and there is no jiggle in the centre.
- As soon as the Wigmore Cheese Red Pepper Tart is baked remove from the oven and set to one side.
- If serving as soon as baked allow the tart to settle for 10 minutes before slicing.
I love serving this tart when it is warm. At the moment this means room temperature! However if making during a cooler time of the year simply reheat in a medium oven for 10 minutes to lightly warm through.
Store any leftover tart in an airtight container or wrapped in cling film and refrigerate. Eat within 3 days.
Due to the moisture content of the peppers I would advise against freezing.
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Making pastry and baking during this unusually hot summer may seem like the last thing anyone would want to do. Yet, by mid morning dinner is made. I quite often make my Tangy Lemon Potato Salad at the same time, as it’s absolutely delicious, fridge cold, served alongside with a salad. Also when using the tasty Wigmore Cheese, this recipe only uses half a wheel, leaving plenty for you to enjoy with apples, crackers and a cold glass of wine on a Summer’s evening.
Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.
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